Sri Venkateswara: The Lord of Seven Hills, Tirupati

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Item Code: IDE336
Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan
Author: Pidatala Sitapati
Language: English
Edition: 2001
Pages: 300 (B & W Illus: 13, Map: 1)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 7.2" X 4.7"
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Pidatala Sitapati, M.A. (Leeds), M.A. (Karnataka), B.Sc., L.L.B., I.A.S. (Retd.) was born at Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh on 7th January, 1933. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and is presently working as Enquiring Authority with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

The author was collector, District Magistrate, Chittoor, (1966-68) and Commissioner of Archeology, Archives and Oriental Manuscripts and Research Library.

He retired as Chief Secretary to the Governor of Andhra Pradesh recently, with the rank of Chief Secretary to Government.

A Student of Oriental studies, specialized in temple sciences, he is a keen archaeologist, journalist numismatist and secialist in Indian Art Studies. His publications include Sri Venkateswara Swamy Tirumala; Worship, Utsavams and Festivals in the Book-University series of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sri Kala Hasti Temple, Sri Ahobilam Temple, New Satavahana Sculptures from Andhra Amaravathi, Srisailam Khaifiyats Volume - I and II. He is the author of Command Area Development of India with special reference of Andhra Pradesh.

Sri Padmavathi Parinayam (translated from Bhavishyottara Puranam) and Tirumala Temple, a historical monograph guide to the temple, its history, art, and sculpture are also his recent works.

This book is very humbly dedicated to the twin lotus feet of Sri Lakshmi Sametha Venkateswara Swamy, the Ishta and Para Daivam of the author.




  Kulapati's Preface vii
  Author's Preface ix
  Author's Preface to the Second Edition xi
  Author's Preface to the third and Fourth Editions xiii
I. Introduction 1
II. The Lord in the Temple 8
III. The Deities of the Garbha Griha 35
IV. The Temple and its Sculptures 48
V. The Vengadam Hill and the Temple Thereon 98
VI. Ananda Nilaya Vimanam 116
VII. Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam 127
VIII. Legends of the Lord of Tirumalai 139
IX. Festivals, Daily Worship and some Peculiar Customs in the Temple 163
IX A. Arjita Sevas in Tirumalai Temple 188
X. The Administration of the Temple 195
XI. Conclusion - The Katyavalambita Murthi 240
  Appendix : Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams 261
  Illustrations and Plan  

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